Ingrid Goes West, Social Media, and Looking in the Mirror

Recently I watched a skin crawlingly uncomfortable yet amazing indie film called Ingrid Goes West starring Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen.  Plaza’s Ingrid is a lonely young woman most likely suffering from some sort of mental illness or break following the death of her mother.  She becomes obsessed with Olsen’s Insta-famous Taylor who seemingly lives …

In Memory

Brendan Ruppenthal was one of my best friends.  He was also my unrequited high school crush.  I bring this messy, embarrassing chapter in my life up only because it speaks so directly to the kind of person Brendan was.  He, our friend Brian, and I were nearly inseparable in high school, participating in theater and …

My Dry(ish)* Month

I have a love/fear relationship with alcohol.  Both of those things, in writing, sound…well, not promising.  Growing up, I don’t remember my parents ever sitting me down and talking to me about my father’s alcoholism but it was not something that was ever hidden.  It was just a fact plain and simple.  He’d given up …